Posted October 05, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Minus his old signature toothpick, Cincinnati's Dusty Baker leaned against the batting cage intently watching his players just as he did for a decade managing the Giants. Baker is back in the Bay Area for the playoffs, 10 years after he came so close to winning a World Series with San Francisco. ''Well, I really don't have much choice,'' Baker said when asked if it's a strange coincidence. ''I feel comfortable here. I think my team likes coming here. This is a good town.'' Sometimes Baker still feels the sting of that World Series near-miss, even now, two managerial stops removed from his first career gig as a skipper in the place he has long called home. On Saturday, he figures to be cheered by 40,000-plus fans at AT&T Park who still love him - ''some of `em,'' he quipped - when the NL Central champion Reds open their best-of-five division series against the Giants, who like Cincinnati clinched early and had plenty...
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